Kadmon Holdings (NASDAQ: KDMN) and Argos Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ARGS) are both small-cap healthcare companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitabiliy.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Kadmon Holdings and Argos Therapeutics, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kadmon Holdings 0 2 4 0 2.67
Argos Therapeutics 0 3 0 0 2.00

Kadmon Holdings currently has a consensus target price of $10.88, suggesting a potential upside of 338.51%. Argos Therapeutics has a consensus target price of $4.13, suggesting a potential upside of 1,585.01%. Given Argos Therapeutics’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Argos Therapeutics is more favorable than Kadmon Holdings.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Kadmon Holdings and Argos Therapeutics’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kadmon Holdings $21.96 million 5.86 -$98.79 million N/A N/A
Argos Therapeutics $904,298.00 11.22 -$48.81 million ($1.75) -0.14

Argos Therapeutics has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Kadmon Holdings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

40.4% of Argos Therapeutics shares are owned by institutional investors. 28.2% of Argos Therapeutics shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Kadmon Holdings and Argos Therapeutics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kadmon Holdings -754.62% N/A -155.28%
Argos Therapeutics -7,103.65% -1,532.49% -85.08%

Summary

Argos Therapeutics beats Kadmon Holdings on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Kadmon Holdings

Kadmon Holdings, Inc. is an integrated biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of small molecules and biologics to address disease areas of various unmet medical needs. The Company is developing product candidates in a number of indications within autoimmune and fibrotic disease, oncology and genetic diseases. Its product pipeline consists of KD025, Tesevatinib and KD034. The Company’s other products include Ribasphere RibaPak, Ribasphere, Qsymia, Tetrabenazine and Valganciclovir. KD025 is an orally available, selective small molecule inhibitor of Rho-associated coiled-coil kinase 2 (ROCK2), a molecular target in multiple autoimmune, fibrotic and neurodegenerative diseases. Tesevatinib is an oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) designed to block key molecular drivers of tumor growth, metastases and drug resistance. KD034 is the Company’s portfolio of enhanced formulations of trientine hydrochloride for the treatment of Wilson’s disease.

About Argos Therapeutics

Argos Therapeutics, Inc. (Argos) is an immuno-oncology company. The Company is focused on the development and commercialization of individualized immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases based on its technology platform called Arcelis. The Company’s Arcelis technology platform utilizes biological components from a patient’s own cancer cells or virus to generate individualized immunotherapies. The Company is engaged in the development of AGS-003 for the treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC), and other cancers. It is conducting a pivotal Phase III clinical trial of AGS-003 plus sunitinib or another targeted therapy for the treatment of newly diagnosed mRCC under a special protocol assessment (SPA). It is engaged in the development of AGS-004 for the treatment of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). It has conducted over three clinical trials of AGS-004, including a Phase IIb clinical trial, Phase IIa clinical trial and Phase I clinical trial.

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